Bye-Bye Puffy Eyes
Whether you're a busy mom with a new baby keeping you awake all night or a woman on the go, getting a solid eight hours sleep may seem like an extravagant luxury. To make matters worse, this lack of sleep can cause your eyes to appear droopy and swollen. Other conditions, like pregnancy or hormonal fluctuations, also may lead to fluid retention resulting in baggy eyes, according to New York Dermatology's website. Fortunately, there are some tricks that may help prevent, treat, or conceal those sad, puffy eyes so you can look your best in the morning.
Home remedies for puffy eyes
It may seem counterintuitive but, when you become dehydrated, the body responds by retaining water. Unfortunately, the soft tissue under your eyes is a prime location for water storage. Therefore, make sure you drink plenty of fluids during the day but steer clear of water retaining culprits like salty foods and alcohol. Additionally, a diet rich in vitamins A, C, and E also can help maintain healthy, moist skin.
To awaken each morning with bright and shining eyes, aim to get seven to nine hours of uninterrupted sleep each night. Interrupted sleep is a major cause of fatigue and swollen eyes. Also, try sleeping with your head slightly elevated on a big, fluffy pillow to reduce the influence of gravity. Sleeping this way discourages the fluids responsible for eye swelling from pooling around your eyes during the night.
Mother Nature has provided a remedy of her own for reducing and soothing tired, puffy eyes. Cucumbers are naturally astringent, which causes the tissue around your eyes to temporarily shrink. So, for quick, yet temporary relief, lie back and place slices of chilled cucumber over your tired eyes for about 10 minutes. The cold temperature of the cucumber also constricts the flow of fluid around the eyes, further diminishing eye puffiness.
A cold eye gel mask is another great tool for diminishing under-eye bags. Similar to cucumbers, the coldness of the mask constricts blood vessels in the eye area, reducing the flow of fluid into your eye tissues.
Skin care for puffy eyes
To reduce puffy eyes, store a lightweight eye cream or gel in the refrigerator. Apply it at night before bedtime and in the morning. The chilled moisturizer will reduce swelling and prevent dryness around your eyes.
Makeup for puffy eyes
Hide under-eye dark circles and the appearance of puffy eyes with a creamy concealer that has moderate to significant coverage. Apply the concealer to the dark circles and gently blend with your fingertips.
To look like you've had a full night's sleep, trace just the lower lash line with a nude colored pencil. Voilà – eyes appear to have an instant lift.
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